Western up to par in Woodlawn meet

State-champion Doves show prowess with marks

Track and field

High Schools

April 06, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Western High senior Alicia Williams knows her team carries a huge burden in being the defending Class 4A state champion.

"People have high expectations of you and everyone has their eyes on you," said Williams, who will run track for Howard University next season. "There's pressure, but I wouldn't trade being on the top for anything."

The No. 1 Doves set several records at the Woodlawn Invitational yesterday afternoon. The perennial Baltimore City power established marks in the 400- (48.58 seconds), 800- (1:43.76) and 1,600-meter relays (3:59.61).

Williams, who ran a leg on the 1,600 relay team, also set a record in the individual 800 (2:20.02), with teammate Ashley West-Nesbitt doing the same in the 100 hurdles (14.69).

Latasha Wallace claimed top honors in the 400 (57.58).

After several close calls, Western finally won its first state title last spring, getting past several teams from track hotbed Prince George's County.

"We would dominate in the city, but when we got to the other schools, we'd freeze up," said Williams, runner-up to Wallace in the 400. "We finally realized as seniors and juniors we had the ability to be as good as any team in the state."

Arguably the state's best female weight thrower, Atholton's Lindsay Grigoriev, swept the discus (134 feet, 1 inch) and shot put (42-3) yesterday, breaking her marks from a year ago. The Kansas State-bound Grigoriev has her eye on repeating as discus champ at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia in less than three weeks.

Archbishop Curley's Charles Devaud and Novia Brown of Milford Mill, last winter's All-Metro male and female performers of the year, respectively, had strong showings in the first major outdoor event. Devaud captured the pole vault (13-0), while Brown won the 200 (25.37).

Brown's teammate, Dominique Washington, replaced Brown as 400 hurdles champ (1:06.08) and also took first in the long jump (17-2). Long Reach's defending 3A state triple jump champ, Tamisha Gomez, repeated in the event (35-3 1/2 ).

Kelli Buck of C. Milton Wright erased Broadneck's Lauren Centrowitz's mark in the 1,600 (5:04.8), with Jesse Slowikowski (4:23.98) matching Buck in the boys' portion for the Harford County school.

Emil Bojanov of Dulaney and Randallstown's Tommy Breaux took second straight titles in the 800 (1:59.85) and triple jump (45-3 1/2 ), respectively. Dulaney junior Travis Knox also set a record while besting defending champ Pat Bailey of C. Milton Wright in the 3,200.

Michigan-bound Stann Waithe claimed the 400 (49.09) for Loch Raven and joined Franklin Richburg, Adam Dixon and Quinton Burley on the winning 800 (1:30.1) and 1,600 (3:25) relay teams. Mervo (Orlando Brown, Ronald Wright, Frankie Wright, Damon Watson) won the 400 relay (43.25). Frankie Wright won the long jump (21-3 3/4 ).

On his home track, Joey Young placed first in the 400 hurdles (58.62) for Woodlawn. St. Frances' Tavon Moss gained top honors in the high jump (6-2). Andrew Kost of C. Milton Wright took the shot put (45-2).

Ashley Campbell (3,200 in 11:43.6) and Cassandra Tanner (high jump, 5-4) were winners for Bryn Mawr. The Mawrtians won the 3,200 relay with Campbell, Laura Paulson, Ellett George and Nyam Kagwima. Long Reach senior Dionne Lambert won the 100 (13.07).

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